I went back to work 18 days after i had my baby, It does not make me a terrible mother.
I’m healthy, my baby who’s now 7 months old is growing beautifully, my boss recently recommended my name for a promotion, my husband has never been more attracted to me before, I work out thrice a week and like clay modelling as a stress buster.
I have a great career in a telecom company, one i returned to shortly after i gave birth. I’m enjoying motherhood just as much, if not more than a stay-at-home mom. For those of you who think i’m evil and don’t deserve to be a mother since i returned to work too soon; let me assure you that this isn’t my first. I have a beautiful 12 year old baby girl as well. I went back to work 28 days after i had her.
Almost every organization today wants to be progressive and safe by clearly outlining the Maternity leave in its HR policies but i chose not to look at the time post child birth as a disability. Instead seeing my baby reinstated my need for stability and financial freedom. My successful career has only helped my children’s life in every possible way.
My husband who’s equally successful in his career has been amazing as a partner. I was fortunate to have my mother and his mother pitch in from time to time to supervise the nanny. My husband’s support and constant encouragement kept me from falling in the guilt pit, most new, working mothers succumb to.
There’s inspiration all around. Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo is an amazing role model for women in business. The company is being recognized for its progressive attitude, and Mayer is an inspiring example for working moms who want to “have it all.” I have enormous respect for Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook. Sandberg often speaks about balancing work and family. However my most favourite inspiration comes from Licia Ronzulli who took her 44-day-old daughter, Vittoria, to a plenary session of the European Parliament as a symbolic gesture to reclaim more rights for women in reconciling work and family life.
Closer to home, there is the inspirational story of Bablu Jatav, an Indian rickshaw-puller who has been carrying his one-month old daughter in a cloth sling around his neck all day when he is working. His wife died giving birth to the child!
Juhi Chawla balanced her work and her family wonderfully as did Shilpa Shetty and Malaika Arora Khan.
These women have proven that neither their careers nor motherhood are part time. Any woman who’s worked hard to build a flourishing career does not have to give it all up or even exit the professional arena simply because she had a baby. She can have both, a thriving career and a wonderful family. After all no one understands multitasking better than a working mom, I can type, bake, edit and change a diaper all at the same time.
My job didn’t make me a worse mom, it made me a better one.